Report from Crewe
Unite at Fujitsu Crewe held a meeting on 2nd September 2009, on site at CRE02, filling all the seats in the large conference room. There were apologies received from members and reps who could not make it to the meeting. The minutes of the last meeting were summarised.
Topics of discussion were the redundancies announcements and consultation, the result of the consultative ballot, the timetable for the statutory ballot, the joint campaign with the PCS, and industrial action (both strike action and action short of strike).
Members agreed the following motion unopposed:
We believe the company has not justified redundancies, and we therefore oppose them as the latest initiative to increase profits at our expense.
We support the decision of the Combine Committee to add “Jobs” to our “Pay & Pensions” campaign.
Opposition to compulsory redundancies must be central to our campaign, alongside the “four red lines” already agreed by members:
1. A fairer pay system
2. More money for employees
3. Defend the ICL DB pension scheme
4. Improve pension provision for those with something worse
We recognise that the clock is ticking on both pensions and jobs, so we call on UNITE and PCS to organise action as quickly as possible unless agreement is reached with the company.
We believe that all the “three prongs” of our campaign are important to put pressure on Fujitsu:
1. Industrial action
2. External pressure (customers, media, MPs etc)
3. Organising to strengthen union organisation across Fujitsu
We recognise that the industrial action is important both because of the pressure is produces directly, and because it strengthens the other elements of the campaign.
We recognise that we will also need activities which don’t directly put pressure on Fujitsu, but which build moral and financial support to sustain our campaign. We welcome the decision of the UNITE Executive Council to sharply increase Dispute Benefit, which is for all members on strike, to £30 per day. We recognise the fairness of a rule that only those who play an active part in campaign activities or fundraising should be entitled to additional Hardship Payments from our campaign fund.
We call on our reps to organise campaign activities in support of all elements of the strategy and we pledge to actively support them.
We support indefinite action short of strike and strike action starting with a three-day strike which can be used to ensure that there are pickets and members involved at as many key sites as possible. We call on our Combine Committee to plan to escalate the action as necessary to win the dispute.
We call on our Combine Committee to produce a workable plan for action short of strike, considering ideas such as a ban on unpaid overtime (possibly encouraging those who normally do it to demand payment on UHP rates), refusing to answer the phone out of hours when not being paid, refusing duties which would undermine the effectiveness of industrial action, refusal to travel in your own time and working to role code.
We resolve to organise a delegation from our workplace to join the Fujitsu contingent on the “Jobs, Education, Peace & Justice” demonstration at the Labour Party conference in Brighton on 27th September, which has been called by PCS, UCU, NUT, NUJ and various campaign groups.
More “Unite for Fair Pay in Fujitsu” lanyards were distributed. Sheets of both types of promotional stickers were taken away by members. The next meeting will be arranged for after the statutory ballot result. It will again be held in a room at the CRE02 site.
Report from Stevenage
Over 40 staff attended the UNITE meeting in Stevenage on 1st September to discuss jobs, pay and pensions and the campaign.
There will be an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) for all UNITE members in the Manchester bargaining unit tomorrow:
1-3pm, Wednesday 9th September